HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. — A candidate for Hendricks County sheriff will stay in the race despite his recent arrest in a drunk driving case.

Danville police arrested Terry Judy on two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in the early hours of Sunday, April 10.

Court documents state that an officer noticed the vehicle driven by Judy after he was stopped at a stop sign for abnormally long amount of time. As the officer followed Judy, he saw him turn without using a turn signal and drive on the wrong side of the road, which nearly caused a crash with an oncoming vehicle, per documents.

The officer waited to pull Judy over until they reached an area where it was safe to conduct a traffic stop. Once pulled over, Judy displayed slurred speech, difficulty concentrating and red, glassy eyes, the officer said.

“Judy had a difficult time answering simple questions and at one point struggled to think of where he was going. His passenger had to answer the question for him,” court documents say.

Documents go on to state that Judy admitted to drinking four or five beers during a friend’s birthday party at a restaurant called Charbonos. He failed multiple sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content of .124%.

He was booked into the Hendricks County Jail.

Judy is running for Hendricks County sheriff. In a statement released Tuesday, he said he’s staying in the race:

“After consulting with family and friends, I have decided to remain a candidate for sheriff.  While I make no excuses for what happened last weekend, I am heartened and humbled by the outpouring of kindness and support from the Hendricks County community.”

Terry Judy

In a previous statement, Judy apologized for his “poor judgment” and said he would consult with family, friends and supporters before making a final decision on his candidacy.

Judy retired from the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department in 2021 and is not currently employed there. He served in various positions, including jail deputy, field training officer and juvenile and sex crimes investigator in his 30-plus years with the department.